If you do not like your appearance in most eyeglass frames, but cannot tolerate contact lenses, rimless eyeglass frames might be a wise choice for you. There is no frame around the eyeglass lens itself and the glasses seem to disappear on your face. The temple portions of the eyeglasses that go on your ears are available in metal tones or coloured plastic. Keep in mind, however, that certain tools are necessary to avoid costly fees involving simple repairs with these types of eyeglasses.
Eyeglass Repair Kit
An eyeglass repair kit is available at most pharmacies and discount stores, and they usually only cost a few dollars. Typically, a kit includes a tiny screwdriver, spare screws, a magnifying glass and a spare set of nose pads. Loosening of the hinges is one of the most common problems for rimless eyeglasses and any type of eye wear. You can tighten it with the screwdriver or replace a lost screw with one from the kit. Occasionally, nose pads wear out or fall out and the spare set allows you to slip the new pair onto the nose wires without any difficulty.
Scratching your rimless lenses is a common occurrence if you do not clean them properly. It is vital that you always clean your lenses with a micro fibre cloth specifically designed for eyeglass lenses. If you do not have a micro fibre cloth, use warm water--never hot--and a mild dishwashing detergent to clean any smudges or dust from your lenses. Dry them with a cotton T-shirt, old cloth diaper or other lint-free cloth. Never use tissues, as the wood fibres may scratch the lenses.
The temple pieces of rimless eyeglasses are crucial, as they extend a tiny bit directly onto the lenses instead of a frame. If the temple sections break or loosen, you can use a tiny bit of fast-bonding glue to repair them. This is also an effective way to bond the ear pads back onto the glasses if they loosen or fall off.
Needle nose pliers are an effective way to straighten your rimless eyeglasses if, say, you fell asleep in them or accidentally sat something down on the glasses that warped them. Cover the tips of the pliers with duct or electrical tape to avoid scratching the temple pieces. Simply grasp the portion that is out of balance and bend it slightly to adjust the lenses. It is better to have to adjust them a few times than to bend them too much and have to use the pliers to bend them back into place. Overadjusting a temple piece too often will cause it to break; they are quite fragile.